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China Eastern flight makes emergency landing in Sydney after huge hole found in plane

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 June, 2017, 12:23am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 June, 2017, 1:52pm

A Shanghai-bound China Eastern Airlines jet had to make an emergency landing when one of its engines was severely damaged soon after take-off in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday night, China News Service reported.

Calm, celebration ... then shock as passengers on China Eastern flight realise huge hole in engine only after emergency landing

Photos posted by internet users and carried by Shanghai-based news outlet Xinmin.cn showed a big hole on one side of the left engine casing of the Airbus A330.

China Eastern said crew members on flight MU736 spotted the damage after take-off and decided to return to Sydney Airport, Chinese media reported.

Everybody on board the flight was unharmed and the carrier was investigating the incident.

The reports said MU736 was originally scheduled to depart from Sydney at 8.30pm local time and arrive in Shanghai at 5am on Monday.

The reports did not say how many passengers were on board.